Rochester, N.Y. -- "It wasn't what I expected,” said father Jeremy Bennett. “It wasn't planned for that way at all, but it's what happened.”
Dolores and Jeremy Bennett were hoping to deliver baby number two at the hospital on December 14th but mom had a feeling the baby was coming earlier.
After showing signs of labor Wednesday afternoon, the Bennetts, including their four year old daughter went to the hospital, only to be sent home.
At 3 am, Dolores’ water broke.
The family left for the hospital again, that's when they got the surprise of their lives on I-590.
“Just before exit 6, he decided he was going to come now,” Dolores said.
“She was pushing back on the seat to the point I couldn't recline it any,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy delivered Matthew Zaine Bennett in the front seat of their car.
“As soon as he cried there was definitely relief there,” Jeremy said.
With the help of 911 dispatchers on his cell phone, Jeremy used his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord, something dispatchers are trained to do.
“This is a situation where someone dialed 911 in their real time of need and we were able to be there and provide them with the assistance they needed,” Deputy Director of Rochester Emergency Communications Stephen Cusenz said.
Help, the Bennett family is grateful for.
“I'm just happy that he's here and healthy,” Dolores said.
The family is giving thanks for their five pound eleven ounce bundle of joy.
“He's a gift and he apparently wanted to come out now and you can't stop him,” Jeremy said. “He's stubborn like his dad.”
The family is doing well and resting.